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Old 04-07-2011, 05:38   #1
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Hi ...

I was diagnosed just a few days ago. Took a routine blood test. Results came in late at night (513), and I was called to the hospital immediately .

Suddenly I'm a newly-minted Type 2, on mixed insulin.

Other than having Not One Clue what to eat, things are going OK so far, I guess. Oh, that and the fact that my hospital-recommended diet seems to have a lot of carbs in it -- delightful at first, but after a few days, it just don't seem right.

Glad this group is here!

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Hi ...

I was diagnosed just a few days ago. Took a routine blood test. Results came in late at night (513), and I was called to the hospital immediately .

Suddenly I'm a newly-minted Type 2, on mixed insulin.

Other than having Not One Clue what to eat, things are going OK so far, I guess. Oh, that and the fact that my hospital-recommended diet seems to have a lot of carbs in it -- delightful at first, but after a few days, it just don't seem right.

Glad this group is here!
Hello and welcome to the forum! There is a lot to read on here so read what interests you and if you can't find something go to the forum page and use the search function box. Hospital food is a sore subject for me to talk about, I had 4 hospital admissions last year in early fall and I agree that hospital food has too many carbs for me. I don't know what else to eat while I was in the hospital. All of the food had carbs except protein, which they were really picky in giving you a decent size of meat or chicken.

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Hello & welcome, Shalynne. Most of the medical community is hung up on including carbs in the diabetes diet, and you're absolutely correct - it ain't right! Besides that, it don't work! Even though you can cover with insulin, the fewer carbs you eat, the less insulin you'll need.

Did anyone along the line happen to give you a meter to test your own levels at home? That's a must-have. The best way to get the best menus going is to eat to your meter.

Ask all the questions you want . . . there are so many of us here that there's always someone who has been-there/done-that, and can guide you through.

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My insurance is actually pretty good. Fervently wish it were the same (actually, better) for everybody. Came home with meter, insulin and everything, and am using them!

(Having once loved an old, diabetic dog

Anyway, the diet they sent me home with calls for 6-11 servings of grains, beans and starchy vegetables per day, plus 2-4 servings of fruit.

Wow ... this is gonna be easy (sorta). Right?

Since I was scared to eat anything, I cut back further than they advised. But for some mysterious reason, all of my readings ranged between 200-290.

The Dr. reminded me that I had been at 513 only a couple of days before, so I shouldn't worry too much. She did advise me to increase the insulin dose slightly; I complied. No improvement. Today, I quietly dropped the starches and fruit.

Down to 146 both before and after a no-carb restaurant dinner.

Feeling better than I have in months.

Of course, we never know what tomorrow will bring ...

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Oh, but the desire is Soooo Strong!

But then, so's the desire to stay the heck out of the hospital ...

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But then, so's the desire to stay the heck out of the hospital ...
Heh. Just realized I was replying to your sig, BackTwoPages!

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She did advise me to increase the insulin dose slightly; I complied. No improvement. Today, I quietly dropped the starches and fruit.

Down to 146 both before and after a no-carb restaurant dinner.

Feeling better than I have in months.

Of course, we never know what tomorrow will bring ...
Oh tomorrow will take care of itself, since you've "quietly dropped the starches and fruit." I love it! You are instinctively eating to your meter!

It's sad that medical professionals urge increasing meds when the remedy is so bloomin' obvious! How much more obvious could it BE?!




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welcome Shalynne that's a high BGL you had there. I'm also surprised that the hospital told you to eat that much carbs... they don't advise that here. I personally do eat carbs and the only carbs that work well for me are grains & dairy. Carb vegies just don't seem to work well with me. You need to find what works for you... we're all a bit different in what we're able to handle. Glad to hear you're testing already.... you'll need to do lots of that to get an idea how your body responds to certain things. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

 
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Welcome to the forum. You will find a lot of great info here. You have already stumbled onto one of the big secrets of diabetes. Dieticians and Doctors advise way too many carbs for the average diabetic. Eating that many carbs will make it harder to lower your bgs into normal range. I was told that 180 after meals was a good number to aim for. So I figured if I was in the 200 range I was close. Boy, was I wrong. It is possible to lower your bgs into a normal range but they won't tell you that. I would suggest you read the website
Blood Sugar 101 and read a book called Diabetes Solutions by Dr Richard Berstein ( a diabetic) Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site

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